Travel News: March 15, 2017

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Delta Gives Itself an Italian-Design Upgrade
Bloomberg Pursuits

Delta flyers, prepare to say arrivederci to the plain Jane plates and glasses of the past. On April 1, the Atlanta-based carrier is rolling out 86 new pieces from Alessi, the design company based near Lake Maggiore, in its Delta One and first-class cabins.

Best known for such whimsical housewares as Michael Graves’s tea kettle with a bird on the spout and a spaceship-inspired lemon juicer from Philippe Starck, Alessi is now taking versions of its bestselling tabletop accessories, including silverware, serving trays, wine glasses, and salt-and-pepper shakers, to 30,000 feet.


Cruise line executives remain bullish about industry growth
Sun Sentinel

The cruise industry has come a long way in 10 years and leaders of major lines Tuesday predicted more growth in the foreseeable future provided no major geo-political or cruise-related incidents derail the momentum.

This year, 25.3 million people are expected to take a cruise globally, up from 15.8 million people in 2007, marking a 61 percent growth in cruise passengers over the decade, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, the leading industry trade group.


American To Offer Free Food on Select Flights
Travel Pulse

Coast-to-coast flights appear to be getting much easier as major airlines continue to battle it out to see which can offer the most and best free perks.

Less than two weeks after competitor Delta Air Lines began rolling out free meals to all passengers on select transcontinental routes, American Airlines has announced that it will follow suit.


Marriott seeks to expand Europe footprint with select-service brands
Travel Weekly

Last year, Marriott International expanded its European footprint by 70%, almost exclusively via its September acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and its stable of luxury and upper-upscale, full-service brands.

Now the world’s largest hotel company said its legacy select-service badges will start doing the heavy lifting across the pond.

With Europe still accounting for fewer than 10% of Marriott’s nearly 1.2 million rooms, the company said last week that its expansion efforts in Europe during the next three years would be primarily through brands that Marriott oversaw before the Starwood purchase, such as Courtyard by Marriott, Moxy and AC Hotels.

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